Top 10 Hill Stations in Kerala

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Thekkady

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Thekkady

Thekkady, India's largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting Kerala, India. It is a pleasant location for those who love nature in its wild manifestations

The Periyar National Park of Thekkady, comprises a thick evergreen forest with exotic wild life is one of the finest wildlife location in India. It attracts tourist with its natural beauty, clear waters, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. Thekkady spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, nutmace, ginger, and clove are famous and kumily is the main shopping centre for spices.

Ramakkalmedu

Ramakkalmedu

Ramakkalmedu, hill station located at distance 40 kms from Thekkady. The rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakkalmedu a famous tourist place in Kerala.

Ramakkalmedu known as "Land of Wind" and noted for its verdant, cool hills. The main attraction is panoramic and picturesque views of villages in the neighbouring state of Tamilnadu. It is one of the windiest places in Asia and proposed site for power generation using winds. On the way to Ramakalmedu, visitors can enjoy the vast stretches of plantations that include cardamom, coffee, pepper, rubber, tea and the beautiful hills of Kuttikkaanam. Another attraction is the statue of Kuravan and Kurathi on the top of the hills. The best time visit this place is from September to May and better to avoid travel in rainy seasons.

Wayanad

Wayanad

Wayanad, the best holiday and honeymoon destination in Kerala. It is splendid with hill stations, spice plantations, dense forests and rich cultural traditions.

Wayanad is home to two major wildlife reserves Muthanga and Tholpetty. Another main attraction is the prehistoric engravings in Kerala discovered in the foothills of Edakkal and around Ambukuthimala bear testimony to a pre-historic culture dating back to the Mesolithic Age. The tribal events and folk dance performances by tribes are hosted between February and May is famous in Kerala. It is one of the emerging honemoon destionaion in Kerala beacuse of it's natural beauty.

Ponmudi

Ponmudi

Ponmudi, hill station in Kerala close to the sea is cool and quiet. It is blessed with scenic splendor and natural beauty and the climate is pleasant year-round.

Ponmudi the name means 'the Golden Peak', is home to many beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, springs and streams. The region is also occupied by spice and tea plantations and is dotted with waterfalls and view points. Ponmudi attracts tourist with passion in trekking and hiking. Other near-by attractions include Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Echo Point and various trekking spots.

Munnar

Munnar

Munnar, beautiful hill station and the best honeymoon destination in Kerala. It's natural beauty and pleasant climate makes Munnar a popular destination for honeymoon as well as weekend trips.

Munnar has long stretch of tea garden amidst the high mountains and the beautiful valleys gives a pleasent feeling. It is is an ideal destination with rolling hills, grasslands, dense forests, and famous location for trekking and mountain biking and wildlife tour. Another main attraction is Neelakurinchi which blooms once in 12 years. It's located at 1600 Mts above sea level and this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India.

Vagamon

Vagamon

Vagamon is a hill station located in Kottayam-Idukki border of Kerala. The main attraction to vagamon consists of greenery of tea gardens, Fresh cool air, murmuring Pine forest, small waterfalls and attractive meadows. Kurisumala, Indo-Swiss Project Diary

Vagamon also known as the "Scotland of Asia", was discovered by the Britishers who found the place ideal for tea plantations. National Geographic Traveler has listed Vagamon on their directory of the "50 most attractive places to visit in India". Visitors can start trekking from Ilaveezhapoonchira to Vagamon and it's a nice experience.

Nelliyampathi

Nelliyampathi

Nelliampathi, land of misty mountains with exotic wild life. It is a popular hill station surrounded by tea and coffee plantations and has excellent weather conditions.

The journey to Nelliampathi itself is an experience. There is the Pothundi Dam, a small irrigation dam which provides water for the rice fields in the surrounding area. The dam is at the foot of the Nelliampathi hills. There is boating facilities available and it is a nice option as a picnic place. It is unique place in kerala where tourist can see orange plantations. Seethargund viewpoint is at a distance of 8 kms from Nelliampathi.

Parambikkulam Wildlife Sanctuary

Parambikkulam Wildlife Sanctuary

Parambikkulam Sanctuary spreads over an area of 285 sq km and it is a hill range between the Anamalai ranges of Tamilnadu and the Nelliyampathy ranges of Kerala.

The sanctuary has a variety of trees mainly teak, neem, sandalwood and rosewood. The oldest teak tree 'Kannimari' stands tall here. Trekking in the forest is allowed with prior permission from forest officials. Boat cruises can be arranged at the Parambikkulam reservoir. There is a tree-house in the Reserve Forest area in Thoonakkadavu, the headquarters of Parambikkulam, which has to be booked in advance. The Rest Houses of the State Forest Department at Thoonakkadavu, Thellikkal and Elathode offer comfortable lodging.

Kottancheri Hills

Kottancheri Hills

Kottancheri Hills, the rain forest is popular among tourists because of the picnic centre and the scenic views that it provides. It is an destination for adventure seekers with trekking in the rainforests. Trekking in Kottancheri has grown and with more e

Kottancherry shows great resemblance to the scenic beauty of the famous hill station of Kodaikanal. A large area of hills has been used for spice plantations and is mainly inhabited with rare animals, birds and butterflies. The Kottancherry wildlife sanctuary is an extension of Ranipuram wildlife sanctuary.

Agasthyarkoodam

Agasthyarkoodam

Agasthyarkoodam (Agasthya Malai) second highest peak in Kerala after Anamudi is at a height of 1,890 m above sea level. It is a pilgrimage centre for devotees of the Hindu sage Agastya.

It is one of the trekking destination and believe that very air is supposed to have healing properties. Trekking through its region takes you through thick forests that thrive with a variety of plant, animal and bird species. Woman are not allowed to reach to the top according the Hindu belief since sage Agastya was a bachelor. The best time to visit this place is from December to April.